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Butch Jones to join Alabama Crimson Tide as offensive analyst

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The Alabama Crimson Tide are reportedly hiring Butch Jones in an off-field role. The former Tennessee Volunteers football coach is expected to join the Tide as an offensive analyst. Reports have said that Alabama coach Nick Saban met with Jones last week about joining the Crimson Tide in an analyst role. The deal will be made official later this week. Alabama employs several off-field analysts. Over this offseason, they have lost four analysts to other schools for more active positions. One of those analysts was Chris Weinke who is heading to Tennessee with new Volunteers head coach Jeremy Pruitt to coach the running backs.

Once it’s official, this will be the first time that Jones hasn’t been a head coach since 2006. He was the wide receivers coach for the West Virginia Mountaineers in 2005. He landed his first head coaching job at Central Michigan after Brian Kelly left the school for Cincinnati. The Chippewas were 27-13 during Jones’ tenure and went 20-3 in the MAC. His next gig was with the Cincinnati Bearcats. Again, Jones replaced Kelly who left for Notre Dame this time. Jones led the Bearcats to a Big East championship in 2011. Jones became the Tennessee coach in 2013 and served that role until being fired in November after going 4-6.  He went 34-27 in fives seasons in Knoxville. Jones is actually still getting paid by Tennessee due to the school buying out the remaining $8.2 million on his contract.

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Butch Jones coaching wide receivers at WVU in 2005.

Butch Jones will join Jim McElwain as two SEC head coaches fired during the college football season, to be snatched up by larger programs this offseason. Jones is an offensive guru that didn’t shine with Tennessee. However, his knowledge and expertise will benefit Alabama greatly. He’s a good player developer. As an assistant, Jones has worked with all offensive skill positions. It’s unknown what role he’ll be used for at Alabama. He could help determine the best path to take between quarterbacks Jalen Hurts and Tua Tagovailoa. Working with running backs Damien Harris, Najee Harris, and Joshua Jacobs is another likely possibility. With Calvin Ridley heading to the NFL, working with the young receivers seems to be the most sensible role.

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In 2011, Butch Jones was named the Big East Coach of the Year.

Regardless how Butch Jones fits in at Alabama, it’s another high-profile pickup for the Tide. Lane Kiffin, Steve Sarkisian, and Mike Locksley have all been analysts in Tuscaloosa after a head coaching stint. While the Tide hopes that Jones can help develop the offense, expect him to pick up a few things too.